Sunset Park

Sunset Park

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By (author) Paul Auster

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 20mm | 255g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571258808
  • ISBN 13: 9780571258802
  • Sales rank: 57,762

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Paul Auster's Sunset Park is set in the sprawling flatlands of Florida, where twenty-eight-year-old Miles is photographing the last lingering traces of families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure. Miles is haunted by guilt for having inadvertently caused the death of his step-brother, a situation that caused him to flee his father and step-mother in New York seven years ago. What keeps him in Florida is his relationship with a teenage high-school girl, Pilar, but when her family threatens to expose their relationship, Miles decides to protect Pilar by going back to Brooklyn, where he settles in a squat to prepare himself to face the inevitable confrontation with his father - a confrontation he has been avoiding for years. Set against the backdrop of the devastating global recession, and pulsing with the energy of Auster's previous novel Invisible, Sunset Park is as mythic as it is contemporary, as in love with baseball as it is with literature. It is above all, a story about love and forgiveness - not only among men and women, but also between fathers and sons.

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Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Invisible, Moon Palace, Mr Vertigo, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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"Paul Auster is one of those sages with confounding talent--confounding for one because he's simply "that good... "He belongs among Vonnegut, Roth, and DeLillo... Now is the time to herald the Post-Recession Novel. "Sunset Park" looks to be it." --Claire Howorth, "The Daily Beast ""Exquisitely crafted, surprisingly tender... A story grounded in the potent emotions of love, loss, regret and vengeance, and the painful reality of current day calamities.... Auster fans and newcomers will find in "Sunset Park" his usual beautifully nuanced prose.... [and] a tremendous crash bang of an ending." --Jane Ciabattari, "NPR "Books We Like" ""A swift-moving, character-driven narrative [that] explores guilt, luck, and our enduring need for human contact and a sense of belonging. Powerful...Readers might find their one regret is seeing the book end." --Doug Childers, "Richmond Times-Dispatch""A haymaker of a contemporary American novel, realistic and serious as your life." --Jim Higgins,